Elvin Doyle Brownlee Sr. , 97, passed to the next life Sunday morning July 31, 2011, at the Permian Residential Care Center in Andrews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at McNett Funeral Home with a grave site service at 10 a.m. Thursday, in Memorial Gardens between Comanche and De Leon, Texas.
Doyle was born in De Leon, Texas, to Jasper and Josie Brownlee as their 9th child on Aug. 14, 1913. His parents had moved to De Leon from Mississippi in a covered wagon in 1896. He graduated from De Leon High School and married Janies Green of Beattie in De Leon on Jan. 10, 1936. In 1957 the family moved to Kermit where he had a machine shop and later a well service company before selling out in 1970, at which time they moved to Brownwood, and later Comanche. In 1974 Doyle moved to Andrews when he and his oldest son Elvin purchased C W Vincent Well Service, which later became Brownlee Well Service. In 1978 he sold the business to Elvin and youngest son Reo. Doyle retired and stayed in Andrews except for a 3-year stint back in Comanche when in 2005 he moved back to Andrews. In March of 2007 he moved into the Permian Residential Care Center with his wife Janies. Janies passed away April 16, 2008, after they had been married for over 72 years.
Doyle was preceded in death by his parents Jasper in 1958 and Josie in 1959. Also preceding him in death were his siblings Cloie Watts of De Leon in 1963, Wilmer Brownlee of De Leon in 1964, Jewell Locke of De Leon in 1990, Ruth Locke of De Leon in 1968, Charles Rush Brownlee of De Leon in 1982, Ruby Kimbro of De Leon in 1983, and Cecil Brownlee of De Leon in 1998 and a brother Ray who had died at birth, and one-great granddaughter, Tatum Cate Thomas in 2008.
Doyle and Janies are survived by their five children, Beverly Johnson of De Leon, Texas, Elvin Brownlee Jr. of Andrews, Bennie Brownlee of Brownwood, Jan Pruett of Pleasantview, Colo., and Reo Brownlee of Andrews; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the people who worked with Brownlee Well Service through the years, for the friendships and memories. Doyle loved those times paying dominoes and joking with the employees and family every chance he got. He also was a world class tournament checker player who played and beat many of the best in the world. The family also would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Permian Residential Care Center, whom he loved, for the care, love and joking they shared with Doyle. Many of whom he would tell "you're a good one." Doyle had reconfirmed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ just a couple of years ago, and in that rests our hope for the future and one day reuniting with him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Home Hospice in Andrews at 801 N. Main, Ste. G, Andrews, TX 79714, or Memorial Walk for Babies at 4738 Bedford, Midland, TX 79703.